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[10 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 627 views]
Random Observations Post 2

Two new countries bring a whole new set of observations on the way of life in S.E Asia.
So far between Laos and Vietnam I’ve noticed:
1. Most towns must have one sign maker who is rolling in it. Every guesthouse has the exact same font and style of sign. This man is one lazy, yet extremely rich guy.
2. The amount of effort put into the napkin industry is impressive. I’ve not seen displays like it in other cafes, bars or restaurants anywhere else. Majorly impressed people.
3. There’s a gap in the …

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[1 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 684 views]
Ayutthaya

Going on the recommendation of the Germans (Patti and Jens)  to go stay at Moradok Thai hostel in Ayutthaya we  thought we would give it a go.
After a short bus trip to this relatively sleepy town we got a tuktuk to the hostel and was greeted by an older thai lady with no teeth named Samsei. Asking her if she had any rooms free, she left us in the reception for half an hour as she went to check.

Looking around the place it was small but had quite  a familar feel about …

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[17 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 1,037 views]
The Best Breakfast in the World

I think I’ve found it.
I know we’re covering a good section of the globe… I decided to myself I’d like to find the best breakfast ever.
I’ve had many a good breakfast…. many an expensive breakfast (re: Le Meridien 100 dollar breakfast NYC) and even a Big Boy Breakfast.
NOTHING compares to the Art Cafe – Koh Chang boiled eggs and toast. A delight we stumbled upon after actually ordering scrambled eggs and toast (the best mistake I’ve ever made in my life)
I know you’re probably shaking your heads thinking – …

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[13 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 472 views]
Bangkok Baby

Bangkok – Best Experienced at night
I could finish the blog there and let you decide why for yourselves but I’ll fill you in on our experiences in the city so far.
Well it’s one of those places that you keep coming back to. Not necessarily because you love it but it’s actually one of the hubs of transportation in Thailand which guarantees your return when you want to move on.  The Stereophonics album ‘You gotta go there to come back’ kinda sums up Bangkok.
As I said earlier, it is best experienced at night-time.  During …

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[12 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 683 views]
Random Observations Post 1

A list of things I’ve noticed one month into the trip that are a little different to home:

Men carry their girlfriend’s handbag. They don’t just hold it by their side but actually put it over their arm and walk down the street masculine as ever.
All soft drinks from the street stalls come in old school glass bottles. So many people can be seen walking around with a sprite in a plastic sandwich bag filled with ice.
The majority of pavements are not used for actual walking. Most thai people travel by moped …

Preparation »

[14 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 472 views]
I tefl-ly need to blog more

My absence from the blogging world has been way too long.
Lots of updates since I last graced the site with my words of wisdom. Just a little update in terms of timescale to highlight how long since I blogged…
The X Factor has actually surpassed the auditions, boot camp and first live final 12 show, Claire Hudson has been in Liverpool for nearly 2 months and we’re into double figures on the aul countdown til Jan 16th.
All in all it’s been a busy few weeks with the preparation for going away. As …

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[13 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | 830 views]
Shoestring September – Day 13

Temptation has struck.
In an extremely odd sunny day (for Belfast) I took to the seaside with Lisa and Caoimhe. Bending budget was at the back of my mind but I started as I meant to go on. I stole 3 magnums outta the freezer for us.
Note to anyone reading this- magnums make ya thirsty so do bring accompanying water with you. I did not do such things and ended up buying a drink and giving into a magners! I’m starting the week in minus figures now cuz im going to the …

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[5 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | 811 views]
Shoestring September – Day 5

This non spending malarky seems alright. Saying that, I’ve not had any temptation as it’s been a pretty bog standard work week since I began my journey into the financial desert.
As I spoke of ‘breaking point’ in my last blog….I am 24 hours into being semi-rich dons again after getting paid yesterday.
When i say ‘semi-rich’ I actually mean ‘skint as ever’. This pay packet has been spent before it even hit my bank account with the amount of little medeelies waiting to be paid for.
I know I’m gonna be majorly hit up for …

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[1 Sep 2009 | 6 Comments | 1,104 views]
Shoestring September

Day 1
After trawling sites to find inspiration on how to save money i came across this little medeely.
Mail Online – How a cash-strapped teacher beat credit crunch by living on £1 a day for a YEAR after drunken bet
It may not come from the best sourced newspaper in the world but i was intrigued by the story. A drunken bet usually never lasts any longer than a few days at most but this wee doll managed to live on just  a quid a day for a whole year.
When i read on …

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[23 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 561 views]
Sometimes I wonder…

…what it’ll be like when I read back on this in years to come. You think i’ll look back fondly on the memories and say “Wow I’m so glad I worked so hard and shed blood, sweat and tears to have such a fantastic time!”
Rewinding back to the present, I  haven’t exactly shed blood….or broke out into a sweat from working so hard. But I am gonna start!!
X Factor began tonight – and I’m working tomorrow 10-7. For all you that know me… you know I like my lie-ins. Especially on Sundays …